Neutral or Stability

Hope someone reads this and has a bit of experience of finding the right shoes. I started running about a year ago with no probs low mileage and neutral shoes. As my running increased I began to get various problems in one leg and went to see a podiatrist who told me my right foot was very flexible and didn't work properly hence issuing me with orthotics. After 6 months of perserverance and never feeling right I have binned the orthotics and bought a pair of Asics 2090. Five weeks later and something tore in my foot. Physio has told me not to run for a couple of weeks and it could be that I just need a pair of neutral trainers and some physio on my hip. I am feeling a bit despondent as I feel I am never going to be able to just run and do shoes really make that much difference. Help anyone. I don't over or underpronate it's just my forefoot jiggles around a lot!!


  • Was the podiatrist you saw a specialist in running feet? I took my son to see one on the NHS and they weren't very good (first problem was that they had no idea what running does to your feet, and secondly, they didn't know about young running feet).
    Also, he should have sorted you out afterwards when the orthotics didn't suit you.
    Go and find yourself a proper physio that knows something about running (remommendations are a good start), and you'll be a better off.
    I thought the Ascis 2090 was for mild overpronaters? I might be wrong.
    I'm sure there's a solution for you out there somewhere, so don't give up hope!
  • annajoannajo ✭✭✭
    Hi wild hair,

    its very difficult to gauge what type of shoes you need over the internet! but the fact that your right foot is very flexible would indicate that you would overpronate during a walking motion.

    however, from what you say, it sounds like you land on your midfoot or your forefoot, which then 'jiggles' around! there is nothing really on the market to control forefoot movement apart from a couple of top of the range neutral shoes -asics nimbus and mizuno creation?

    This is just guesswork though, you really need to go and see someone who knows about running shoes, who can watch you run - from my perspective (working in a running shop) you can go into a running shop and ask them to look at your running style, for free (if they look blankly at you then walk out again!). Alternatively you can pay for your running style to be analysed by a running specialist physio or podiatrist, or there might be someone at the local running club who knows what to look for.

    (oh and the asics 2090 is for mild to moderate overpronators - the support extends through the arch, for moderate overpronators, but the shoe is flexible enough that a mild overpronator, who only overpronates at the heel, can also get away with using it, though a 1090 would be the better shoe for a mild overpronator).
  • Thanks for your replies people. Firstly beanpole I went to a Podiatrist who deals with runnning and they tried three different sets of orthotics altering each at different times. In the end I really did feel they were at a loss.
    annajo thank you for you info about shoes and running shops. I have been to two what I would call good shoe shops for runners, both watched me run and both came back with no overpronation. Sweatshop did a foot scan and agreed with the pod that it was a problem in my forefoot. I was sold a pair of Nike Shox FSM but have not worn them yet due to my injury. I just get the feeling I bought in haste and feel they are too heavy just walking around in them.
    Asics Nimbus was not mentioned would you say it is definitely a shoe worth looking at I know our local Sweatshop has the video tomorrow is it worth me going along. Also what do you think of the Nike Air Perseus?
    I am really banking on a shoe helping my problem.
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